Twitter vice president of engineering-Alex Roetter been relatively silent for a few hours and days after the post Lesley Miley about quitting Twitter because of fears about race, diversity and integration. Well, that just changed.
If you do not watch, here’s a quick TL; DR about what happened. Miley was just a black engineer in a leading position on Twitter. A couple of days ago, he wrote Average post about why he ultimately decided to leave Twitter. In it, he described the interaction he had with Roetter at a meeting of the direction in which Roetter said, “Diversity is important, but we will not lower the bar.” Roetter also bad comments about trying to classify the ethnic name of the analysis Miley said “stressed the unconscious desire to ignore the complex forces of history, colonization, slavery and identity.”
Now, Roetter spoke through Medium:
“I want Twitter to be a place where all employees feel comfortable raising questions about diversity. It was not always so, it is unacceptable,” wrote Roetter. “The comments attributed to me are not accurate or complete facsimile, but they convey the meaning that was very far from what I had intended, which means that I did a poor job of communication. This has led to unnecessary pain and confusion, for which I sincerely sorry. We all want the same results -. A strong representation of under-represented minorities at all levels of Twitter “
Thus, you have, I think. Roetter not explicitly deny that Miley said and apologized. Although it’s pretty weak apology. Here’s what he wrote in response to Miley in the comments to the post in Roetter: “Thank you for this well thought out post. I applaud Twitter for always striving to be better.”
But perhaps more importantly, Twitter is going to start demanding the inclusion of training for its workforce, starting in January. Assuming Roetter not completed training, this is what I hope will be a valuable and useful to him. I reached out to Twitter, to see if Roetter previously received training include -. So he said that Twitter has offered employees in the past
“We also want to analyze the data, and how to hold change,” wrote Roetter. “Above all, we seek to improve the transparency and fairness at all stages.”
makes Twitter Other things to include “the development of specific actions related to diversity,” that Twitter will expect all managers to implement. What do these changes really is is unclear. So, as long as Twitter produces some significant results, I remain very skeptical.
You can read the full post Roetter here.